On Sunday evening, Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak performed at the annual event honoring black culture at Los Angeles’s Microsoft Theater. One of the major victors was R&B supergroup led by .Paak. An Evening With Silk Sonic, the duo’s debut album, won album of the year honors, while the “Leave The Door Open” hit-makers also won best group.
Anderson became the night’s most-awarded person after taking up the third trophy for best video director. After Roe v. Wade was overturned and abortions became unlawful for millions of women in America, a number of celebrities utilized their stage time to criticize the US Supreme Court.
Actress and singer Janelle Monae, was applauded after giving a stirring speech and sticking up her middle finger while announcing the finalists for best female R&B/pop artist. She said: “These artists are making art on our own terms, owning our truths and expressing ourselves freely and unapologetically in a world that tries to control and police our bodies, my body and our decisions, my body.”
After winning the award, Jazmine Sullivan urged males to defend their female partners. The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Sean “Diddy” Combs, and the BET Her Award went to Mary J. Blige.